The snorkel trips are offered from Khao Lak, and you get a pick up at the hotel.
Tours are offered from October until May. Very best time for snorkeling around Surin islands from late January until the end of February due to a very calm sea at this time of the year. The sea can be rough, and seasickness can be an issue. On the other hand, this time of the year is the busiest. Continue reading to figure out your best time for the Surin Islands and our top spot for diving.
Shoulder Season – Less Crowded
October, November and April, May except Easter
October is sometimes still too rainy and trips are canceled. May is hot but usually still nice.
December until March. Prices are at the highest level. Surin is not offered daily and should be booked a few days in advance. Similan Islands and Surin Islands are very popular for snorkeling. We got told that the reefs around Surin are more beautiful and Similan beaches are overrun. The trips are pricey therefore think twice where to go and when.
Tip for Divers
Divers should book a liveaboard trip for a couple of days. One outstanding dive spot is Richelieu Rock. Follow the link for detailed information and pictures.
There two options for access, we took the trip to Punta Allen with a ride along the coast, where you have beaches and lagoons.
The dry season in the Yucatan runs from November until April. Since Sian Ka'an is only reachable by quite a rough road it is not advised to visit in the wet season, especially if you DIY.
Turtle Islands National Park consist of three islands; Pulau Gulisan, Pulau Bakkungaan and Pulau Selingaan.
The green turtles and the hawksbill turtles lay their eggs throughout the year, but the best time to head there is between July and September when the sea is calmer.
It is tropical hot and humid year-round. A little cooler at the rainy season from November to February/March. Temps are between 27°-32° C / 80°-90° F the whole year. The dry season last from April to September. Anyway, it can rain at any time of the year. Most rainfall during December and January roads can be impassable.
- Shoulder season: March until May/June and September, October. lower prices, less crowded, weather almost fine.
- Peak season: June, July and August with high season prices, very crowded, almost perfect weather conditions.
Only guided tours are allowed to the beach from evening until next morning 6 a.m. to protect the turtles. Get up early and visit the beach sharp at 6 a.m. If you are lucky you may see a turtle moving from the beach back into the sea. This is truly a unique experience.
Awala Yalimpo is a village "Amérindiens Galibi" or Galibi Indians, who manage the coastal reserve. It's the world's largest nesting site for giant leatherback turtles.
The nesting season starts in March and last until August. The best months to observe leatherbacks laying eggs are from April to July. (French: Tortue Luth). The best time is two hours before or after high tide. Most of them hatch from June to August and it last until September.
French Guyana is also the nesting site for the Green Turtle and the Olive Ridley Turtle.
It is tropical hot and humid year-round. A little cooler at the rainy season from December to June. Most precipitation from April to June. "Driest" months from August to November. The minimum temperature is 23° C / 73° F and the maximum between 29°-32° C / 84°-90° F.
Isimangaliso was formerly known as St. Lucia Wetland Park.
The best time for traveling to the east of South Africa is the dry and mild winter from May to September. During December to February, thunderstorms and heavy precipitation can occur.
The best time for hippo and wildlife spotting is in southern winter from May to September. In winter the day temperature is pleasant and not too hot. The reason hippos feed at daytime as well and not only at night as they are doing during summer. Also, the game is more active because of the pleasant temps at this time of the year.
Guided tours are offered for Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles during summer in the night from November to March and hatchlings emerge after roughly 70 days between January to March. More information and booking
Crowds and Weather by Season
Southern Winter (May to September) - Dry Season
Is the best time for wildlife spotting, and it's likewise the low season with fewer tourists, except for school holidays. Dry season: Days are sunny, above 20°C with low humidity and nights are cold around 15°C. Fewer mosquitos occur. It's a pleasant time to travel through the east of South Africa. Our favorite month is September: still dry, even more game to spot and temps rise.
Southern Summer (November to March) - Rainy Season
It's the peak season; December and January are typically the worst months of the year. Accommodations should be booked in advance and prices are on a top level. November and March are less crowded. The rain starts end of October. The scenery gets lush and green, but during summer it’s also hot and humid temps are on average around 30°C and heavy rainfall can occur. Cape Vidal is incredibly popular the reason that vehicle access is limited to 120 vehicles per day. Either you enter the gate early in the day, or you already made a booking for an overnight stay. Evenings are tranquil, and beaches are peaceful when the daytrippers left the park.
- April-September: mostly 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.
- October-March: mostly 5 or 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. depending on the park
- Check the opening hours for each "park" first
The Hacienda Baru takes care of a nature protected area, own beach and wildlife. The effort of the owner is marvelous.
For my opinion the the dry season from December to April. Although you might see the Olive Ridley Turtles at the rainy season and reptiles and amphibians are more abundant.